Angels targeting Tuesday for Pujols' return

Angels targeting Tuesday for Pujols' return

Angels targeting Tuesday for Pujols' return
DETROIT -- As expected, Albert Pujols was not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Tigers.

"I'm feeling better, but they want to give me another day off. Whatever they want to do," Pujols said.

The Angels' first baseman injured his calf on Wednesday and was diagnosed with right calf inflammation. He had hoped to return during the three-game series against the Tigers, but he felt sore running on Saturday and manager Mike Scioscia chose to err on the side of caution.

"Albert wants to play, but I know when he went out and tried to move around, I think he understood the risk," Scioscia said. "Hopefully, we're going to move past that risk to a level where he can go out and play."

Pujols took batting practice on Friday and tried running Saturday for the first time since the injury occurred. Due to the early start on Sunday, the team didn't take batting practice on the field.

Scioscia hopes that with Monday's off-day, Pujols will be back at full strength and ready to go on Tuesday. He said holding the nine-time All-Star out of the lineup had nothing to do with preparing for the stretch run.

"When Albert's ready to play, he's going to play. We're not holding him out to say he's ready for the stretch," Scioscia said. "If he was available, he would play this week."